June 2012 Book Wrap Up


It’s only just occurred to me that yet again I’ve slacked on the monthly book wrap up. June was a pretty bogged down month book-wise and life-wise. I went on holiday and spent the duration of it entrenched in Martin’s fourth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Boy was that a hefty one.

Anyhow, here’s June’s Book Wrap Up

Books Read: 2

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) – George R. R. Martin

Books Abandoned: 0

Books In Progress:

House Rules – Jodi Picoult (which I’ve since finished!)

Best Book and Worst Book:

This month, all of the books I read were so so. None of them struck me as fantastic and awesome and none of them were horrible. They simply just “were.” To be honest, I felt like I wasted a lot of prime reading time on books that didn’t really deserve it. Let’s give it a run-down.

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

This one had so much promise. Dystopian society? Heck yes. A town where only men exist and they can hear every single thought being thought by each other and animals? Wowza! Unfortunately, while the book was okay, that’s all it was… okay. I wasn’t wowed like I’d hoped to be. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat. Maybe it had to do with the book being geared for young adults? I don’t know what it was but I expected more than what I got.

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) – George R. R. Martin

Oh man. I’m a MASSIVE fan of this series… so massive that I refuse to read all of the five (so far) books too fast because I don’t want to be stuck without one to read for a year or two. This one though? Well, it jumped the shark a bit. Don’t get me wrong, it was still packed with violence and sex and plotting and revenge and drama but dear god it was all left for the last third of the book. AFFC is not the longest book in this series by far but it felt like it was ten times longer than the other books. I was a mixture of bored, confused and bored again throughout much of the book. No Tyrion, only a smidgen of Sansa and even less Jon Snow and zilch Dany. None of my favourite characters featured in this book at all, save for Cersei. I don’t know. I’m really hoping book five is better.

House Rules – Jodi Picoult

I’ll go ahead and review this one since I’ve already finished it (even though I finished it in July). It’s your standard Picoult novel, really. Something controversial happens and there’s a courtroom drama over it and a little illicit love affair. That’s really all there was to it. Normally I enjoy Picoult’s books for what they are—brain candy—but this one just wasn’t up my street at all.

In other news, I’m co-authoring another blog now. Yep, I know. I can barely keep this one going and I’m co-writing on another. As if my life weren’t crazy enough!

Joking aside, I’m pretty excited about this other blog. It’s a book blog (woo hoo!) and it’s called “Two Sisters Reading”. It pretty much does what it says on the tin… once a month my youngest sister D and I will read the same book at the same time and share our thoughts, opinions, ratings and general musings via the blog. It’s kind of like the Vlogbrothers only… well… not. And less sciency-nerdy and more book-nerdy. Should be fun! You can check “Two Sisters Reading” here.

There’s not much there at the moment because we’re in the progress of reading our first book (my choice) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. We’ll switch off choosing books each month—August will be D’s month.

So there we go! Exciting plans!

Oh, and D? I’m gonna need the log in details for the blog so I can post stuff too!  Unless you want me to email you reviews/etc and you post them?

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If you’re interested in getting in touch, tweet me at @stephanie_khani or @londondiaries1.  Alternatively you can email me at emailthelondondiaries [at] gmail.com.

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